This was my reaction when I received my first e-mail of acceptance. It feels great to read every word of that e-mail as you’ve spent a lot of time on not only your general applications but the haunting application essays too. You finally realise that every second spent on those essays was worth it.
Though, on the other hand, there is a feeling of disgust and sorrow rushing through your body if you get rejected from your first-choice college. I went through that feeling exactly a week after that e-mail of acceptance. I was cursing myself for not working hard enough for my high school semesters, secondary school examinations, sports, extra-curriculars etc. etc. But then I realised that I still had my high school examinations left and I could not get into a college unless I conquered those.
In this entire journey of acceptance and rejections which lasted for about 5 months, there was a time between sending the application and receiving the reply which was nerve-cracking. In that span, I believe people have their ways to curb that feeling of nervousness. Some start meditating, listening to music, going to counsellors, praying(I guess everyone does that) and the list goes on…There are very few who concentrate more on their high school curriculum in order to curb that feeling(I call them Geniuses :p).
I chose to watch “college movies”, not exactly as a way to curb the nervousness but to attain some motivation. I believe many of you might have done this too. If you have read “The Secret” you would probably know about the laws of attraction. This was one of the reasons I chose to watch those movies.
Hence, if you are a prospective undergrad. you might want to pick some of these movies Ive listed below. For the rest, you’d surely like some of these …..
These movies are in order of my preference…
1) Orange County(2002): Simply amazing! Shaun Brumder played by Colin Hanks is a hard working student and a passionate writer whose main aim is to get into Stanford. Clerical mistake leads to his rejection. Thats where the journey begins…..Jack Black(his brother in the film) provides the comic relief. This film shows that it doesn’t matter where you study…..Passion and dedication are the most important things in order to succeed.
2) Accepted(2006): If you’re a prospective undergrad. You’ve got to watch this film. I believe anyone who’s applied to college from 2006 might have seen this movie. If not, you surely should. An excellent comedy movie! Bunch of guys getting rejected from every college and creating a college of their own along with their genius friend from Harmon College(replicated from Harvard I guess). Apart from the crazy humour, it provides a good moral to the world that one should never give up on what they are interested in.
Though, Warning:Please don’t get any wicked ideas from this movie.
3) Good Will Hunting(1997): Its a drama film starring great actors like Matt Damon, Robbin Williams, Ben Affleck and Stellan Skarsgard. Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, this movie is based on a true story of Will Hunting, who was a janitor in MIT. Will Hunting, a naturally gifted intellectual solves a problem on algebraic graph theory that was posed to graduate students in the corridor. Left in shock, the professor compels Will to work with him and attend a counsellor(Williams) in exchange for his judicial issues. With the counsellor is when he realises and shares his emotional issues. I leave the rest for you to watch….
4) The Social Network(2010): This movie needs no introduction. Start of a revolutionary era by invention of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg : a Harvard College drop-out. Second-richest college dropout after Bill Gates: another Harvard dropout.
5) Revenge of the Nerds 1: The name says it all. A film where the nerds get even. This film shows their life on a college campus and specially the life in fraternities. A good watch if you’ve got some free time.
Apart from these, there are several other college movies. One of the most famous movies are by National Lampoon . Apart from all these suggestions and reviews, I would just like to suggest the prospective undergrads should manage their time in order to watch these movies as ultimately their high school grades, those haunting essays and their applications are the most important things in order to get into the college of their choice. These movies would help you to kind of ease you up during a time of stress. Just want to say that eventually even if the e-mail reads “Congratulations” or “I regret to inform you..”, its not the end of the world and world holds a good lot for everyone :). You might think that its easy for me to say this because I’ve got accepted but even I’ve gone through 5 rejections out of 11. Look at “half glass full” rather than empty is all I can say. Its just about never losing hope!!
Lastly, whoever the reader is, these movies will surely entertain you to a great extent. If you guys have any other suggestions…kindly post a comment
Because…YOUR opinion matters…
[Author: Shyam Anjaria]